RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

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Southern Downs Regional Council area

Employment by industry (Total)

In the Southern Downs Regional Council area, Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing is the largest employer, generating 2,538 local jobs in 2018/19.

Employment (total) is the most accurate and up to date measure of the total number of people employed in the Southern Downs Regional Council area. The statistics are modelled by NIEIR to correct for the known undercount of jobs recorded in the Census. They estimate the total number of persons employed in an industry sector (full-time and part-time) in the Southern Downs Regional Council area regardless of where they live. They are updated annually.

By comparing the number of jobs in each industry sector to a regional benchmark, you can clearly see the structure of the Southern Downs Regional Council area's economy. This can be done by directly comparing the area to its benchmark, or by using a location quotient to look at the relative size of industries.

Estimated total employment by industry should not be considered as a "Full-Time Equivalent" measure as different industries will have different ratios of part-time and full time employees. Full-time employment by industry statistics are also available.

To see how employment is distributed across the area, see the Employment locations section and to see where people come from to work in these industries, these data should be viewed in conjunction with Workers place of residence by industry data.

More granular sub-categories for each industry sector are available in the Employment by industry (Census) counts. While Census figures undercount employment they do provide a more detailed picture of the specific industries operating in the area.

Data source

National Economics (NIEIR) - Modelled series

Please note – Detailed notes about how the figures are derived can be found in the specific topic notes section.
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Employment (total) by industry
Southern Downs Regional Council area2018/192013/14Change
IndustryNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2013/14 - 2018/19
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing2,53816.02.72,14513.72.7+393
Mining600.42.4980.63.0-39
Manufacturing1,2297.76.91,5489.97.4-319
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services1821.11.21921.21.3-10
Construction1,2738.09.61,0907.09.8+182
Wholesale Trade2471.62.94192.73.2-171
Retail Trade1,80311.410.51,91912.310.3-116
Accommodation and Food Services1,3188.37.61,2117.77.2+107
Transport, Postal and Warehousing8285.25.39676.25.3-140
Information Media and Telecommunications1140.71.31360.91.4-23
Financial and Insurance Services1601.02.61911.22.7-31
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1531.01.71691.12.0-16
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services4753.06.44863.16.7-11
Administrative and Support Services2681.73.33092.03.4-41
Public Administration and Safety6604.27.07985.16.5-139
Education and Training1,59910.19.21,4109.08.7+189
Health Care and Social Assistance2,17813.713.51,68110.712.5+497
Arts and Recreation Services1410.91.61370.91.6+4
Other Services6394.04.07364.74.3-97
Total industries15,863100.0100.015,643100.0100.0+220

Source: National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR) ©2019. Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id the population experts. NIEIR-ID data are adjusted each year, using updated employment estimates. Each release may change previous years’ figures. Learn more

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Dominant groups

An analysis of the jobs held by the local workers in the Southern Downs Regional Council area in 2018/19 shows the three largest industries were:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (2,538 people or 16.0%)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance (2,178 people or 13.7%)
  • Retail Trade (1,803 people or 11.4%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 6,520 people in total or 41.1% of the local workers.

In comparison, Queensland employed 2.7% in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; 13.5% in Health Care and Social Assistance and 10.5% in Retail Trade.

The major differences between the jobs held by local workers of the Southern Downs Regional Council area and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers employed in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (16.0% compared to 2.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Professional, Scientific and Technical Services (3.0% compared to 6.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Public Administration and Safety (4.2% compared to 7.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers employed in the field of Mining (0.4% compared to 2.4%)

Emerging groups

The number of local workers in the Southern Downs Regional Council area increased by increased by 220 between 2013/14 and 2018/19.

  • Health Care and Social Assistance (+497 local workers)
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (+393 local workers)
  • Education and Training (+189 local workers)
  • Construction (+182 local workers)

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